Ride Along

As 2014 brings audiences a new year of movies, there is nothing like a good ol’ buddy-cop movie to ring in the new year. Yet, sometimes film’s like this are a recipe for disaster. However, director Tim Story tells this buddy-cop movie with today’s hottest comedian in his corner, Kevin Hart. Ride Along tells the story of James Payton (Ice Cube), a hardcore Atlanta cop, taking his soon to be cop and maybe soon to be brother-in-law Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) on a ride along.

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along

Ride Along, unfortunately won’t go down in the history books as a classic buddy cop movie. Hell, I would be shocked if it gets in the books at all. Don’t get me wrong, Ride Along isn’t that big of a mess, but it’s quality are few and far between. Though I found myself laughing at some of the jokes and enjoying the Ice Cube and Kevin Hart chemistry, half way through, I thought I saw this film already…This film instantly brought me back to Kevin Bray’s comedy All About The Benjamins (2002). A movie where Ice Cube played a tough, no joking bounty hunter who must work with the funny and crazy character played by Mike Epps. Ride Along doesn’t offer a much different formula or theme, but it does change one thing–its comedian. Once you replace Epps with Kevin Hart, viola a new movie to release twelve years later.

Unfortunately, we are in a generation were if something works, companies run with it. Yet, this is how things are ran into the ground. How many times have you enjoyed a song until it was on the radio so often it became annoying? The movie industry is guilty of the exact same thing. Either it be a movie franchise, a genre, or an actor. In this case, I’m afraid this is happening to the great comedian Kevin Hart. I’ve seen his comedy specials and thought they were great, actually some of the best stand up work going today. I’ve watched him in some movies and thought he brought a great comedic touch. Yet, we are now at the point were Kevin Hart is becoming very repetitive, or at least he’s being sold that way. I’m not saying Hart doesn’t have anything new to offer, but he is getting too comfortable doing the same schtick. The reason I think this bothers me so much, at least in this case, is because I think Hart is hilarious. I believe he is an extraordinary comedian, but not even that has a chance against too much repetition.

The reason I’m bringing this up is because that is what Ride Along is, plain and simple. It is a movie to get Kevin Hart fans into the theater. This movie was made for Kevin Hart fans, and his fans will get exactly what they want. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but the movie doesn’t care to offer anything more. All they need is a trailer of Hart spewing some jokes, all of his fans are hooked and everything is else in the film is second priority. That is where it becomes a problem. Ride Along will make you laugh, but beyond that the film isn’t original or different in the least.

Ride Along isn’t a terrible movie, but it is very predictable and would be a complete bomb if it didn’t have its comedic star. Kevin Hart does make the movie somewhat enjoyable with his nonstop comedy. Yet, Hart is walking the dangerous road of being too repetitive and if it continues audiences will ride along instead of watching his next film.

2 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob R. Tiranno

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2 Responses to Ride Along

  1. […] the past three years I’ve written a review on about four or five Kevin Hart films, such as Ride Along or Think Like a Man, and with every review I open by talking about him. I defend his comedy, talk […]

  2. […] his stand-ups have produced, it seems his movie choices aren’t always the best. With films like Ride Along and Think Like A Man Too, it seems Hart is staying in his comfort zone, which might be a fatal […]

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